Sledding down “contour lines”

Hi Folks, We certainly had an awesome time this week at FNS! We learned about wilderness travel and the important parts of a map (making our own treasure maps around the site), honed our compass skills and navigated an orienteering course that some students worked hard to create for us! This course eventually led us…

Making our very own map!

Good day parents! Last Wednesday was our very first day of Forest School WITH snow. At least a little. I’m very sure we will be having more of that very soon. As it was very cold overnight a lot of the nearby puddles froze and that was what the Snowy Owls started their day off…

Play-based Education: the joy of shared adventures.

At Free Spirit Forest Nature School we have the opportunity to spend time with your children as they explore the natural world around them each day. It’s truly amazing to see where and how they take new opportunities.  In fact, play is arguably the most important part of our Forest and Nature School and the…

A hiking we will go…

Hey Everyone, It was a great week here at Forest School and we had a lot of fun as teachers exploring new places and old favourites with our students.  On Monday, we held a trial day to introduce new children to FNS.  It was a great day full of sharing our special places at Bygone…

NA-NA-NA-NA (…) BAT-SHELTEEEER!

Hey folks! Last Wednesday was our big project day. The week before we had already started speaking about what the Snowy Owls wished to do on the big project day so I had enough time to get materials. The children are currently very eager to earn their stickers and beads. Therefore, after they had taken…

An Acceptable Level of Impact?

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar” – Bradley Miller A lot of our focus here at FNS is on environmental education and awareness where we strive to create not only a respect for nature, but a love and sense of…

The Joy of Winter Exploring (or “Layers, layers!”)

Given our quick switch to cold temperatures and snow last Friday, we thought it’d be a good time to revisit  winter wear.  First and foremost we want to recognize the awesome efforts of parents and guardians last week to ensure your children were dressed properly to enjoy the wonderful Winter-esque day!  It’s because of your…

Builders, creators, and sledders.

Wow – what a great week we had with our Project Theme! Students took this opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and built so many different types of projects, including pencil  and candle holders, carving projects, crossbows, creative signs for new home décor, an ice fishing stand, a giant cat bed, a home-made fidget…

Subterranean Explorers, Castle Dwellers… and SNOW

Hey Everyone, We had a fun week exploring the caves up around Metcalfe rock last week.  Challenge-by- choice was the name of the game, and  students pushed their limits and expanded their comfort zones as they ducked, crawled, and climbed their way down into the Earth. Most groups had the chance to visit the Ice…